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Callum Flynn named player of the match at Disability Premier League final

Callum Flynn holding a bottle of champagne

Callum Flynn and George Greenway led the Hawks to victory yesterday, Wednesday 6th September, at the Disability Premier League final.

Thanks to the dynamic duo the team, who put on 112 for the third wicket, triumphed over the Pirates 156-6 winning by eight wickets with two overs to spare.

At the interview stage, the Pirates’ Jake Oakes notched up 39 runs from 10 balls, including five sixes off the last over, but despite his valiant efforts Flynn and Greenway were steamrolling ahead.

Flynn was crowned Player of the Match for achieving his outstanding unbeaten 83, told Sky Sports: "It's been a good tournament for the boys. We've won six from seven, we've only lost one group game, we took momentum into the final and we took the trophy home with us.

"We lost all the momentum in the final over of the first innings. It was actually kind of my idea to keep pace off the ball so I think I owed that to Alex [Hammond], to try and knock the runs off!

"The momentum swung all game, we had it all first innings and then lost it in that over but then we gained it back with the bat and kept our foot on their throat, took it to the Pirates, and won it with ease really..”

He added: "I think the DPL has been really good this year. It's one of those tournaments where we'll really see the development in four and five years' time, when the lads and ladies start getting into international squads. In terms of instant success we're getting there but in three, four or five years' time, who knows where this could go. The money the ECB have put into it, and the backing they've given us, has been excellent.

"We can't thank them enough for giving us a stage like this. Many years ago, disabled athletes didn't get occasions like this - now we're breaking down barriers and hopefully we keep breaking them down."

[ Callum Flynn was 14 years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right knee in March 2009. ]

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